Residents rally against Lot 490 resort
KINGSCLIFF residents are outraged over the NSW Planning Assessment Commission's approval of a resort development targeted for the Lot 490 parcel of land at Casuarina Way, despite their objections to the project on environmental grounds.
"The Commission published details of the approval on their site on August 20, without informing concerned residents," Jerry Cornford said.
Residents aired their concerns at a public meeting last month with the commission's representatives Paul Forward and Abigail Goldberg .
The $105 million Lot 490 development will impact directly on sensitive habitat, say residents who claim an endangered Stone Beach Curlew has been seen and photographed close to the development site.
Marine Action Conservation Society (MACS) spokesman and Tweed Greens candidate Michael Manley said he is outraged by "a blatant disregard for the wishes of the Kingscliff community."
"Once again the voice of the community has been ignored in favour of developers," he said.
"They simply don't care about people or the environment, yet justify the development by claiming they have an environmental perspective integral to the design.
"Anyone looking at the development plans can see that it will impact negatively on sensitive fauna and flora on the site, while also impacting heavily on the already sensitive Cudgen Creek."
Mr Cornford said it was "rude" of the commissioners not to address residents over their decision.
In its report on August 20, the commission states that it is "satisfied in principle that a tourist resort development of the nature proposed is suitable for the site."
Further, it suggests that if undeveloped, the site would be "vulnerable to weed infestation and illegal dumping."
"The Commission....supports a tourist development with public benefits including environmental regeneration of a substantial portion of the site and provision of community facilities," the report sates.
"The proposal would also generate jobs during its construction and operation and support tourism through the provision of a different type of accommodation..."
Mr Cornford said the need to develop on grounds of weed infestation and rubbish dumping was a "pathetic excuse."
"As for residents benefiting from the development, that's also a ridiculous notion," he said.
"It's clear that the development will take business from existing operators, impacting negatively on the local economy"
"We (residents) will pursue legal advice and investigate grounds for a judicial appeal on this issue.
"The Commission has once again shown that the public consultation process is a farce.
"It's just a rubber stamp process.
"We won't accept it."